Happy Spring People!

punkyrecipetestingThe first weekend of spring and I am happy and always ready to go. Mom has been encouraging us to take morning walks and I just love them. However, Dad is not a fan as I still have my addiction to pulling. These parental’s have no clue as I want to explore and be the leader of the pack.  That is what us Weimaraners are known for in case you did not know.

As for leader I have found my new thing which makes Dad even crazier…every chance I get I pull everything out of my crate and bring it all over the house. OK, I have been doing this for a few years now but lately when anyone touches my stuff I get out of sorts and have to run and wrestle it out of their hands. I am so on it that I can be dead asleep and just sense that someone is touching my stuff.

But it does not end there…I know there are a few rugs that I am not allowed on, especially when I am eating a delicious bone. Yep you guessed it I got straight to these off limit spots and make a mess.  I am still 3 years old so I have another year before I have to start acting like a grownup, since us larger breeds take the longest to grow up.

Since it is light longer I have more daylight hours to cause craziness in the Dopart-Batchelor household.

Thank goodness it cooled off and it was a very pleasant 66 degrees in Santa Monica today.  I thought I was going to die after all the cooking this week in our house.  The new cookbook was in FULL gear with at least 10 new recipes and I am here on the cool kitchen floor asking for treats.  I got a few but not sufficient for my needs – maybe later.  I did sneak some gluten-free crackers and they were amazing!

Later,

Perry

Is it SO HOT here PEOPLE!

IMG_2602I cannot believe that we are having record high temperatures in March, and today is a whopping 90 degrees!  This means in our old house it is in the mid-90’s and does not cool off at night.

I know that the parentals are secretively loving this extreme heat because I cannot move…well I move from one area to the next and just plop myself down with a loud thud. I wish we had a swimming pool.

I was surprisingly perfect this morning. Mom and Dad went out to church and left the crate open. I just hung out in there with the door open. They have been letting me roam around a little bit by myself lately and that is nice. I am trying not to cause too much havoc.

OK – don’t be worried my little campers as you can see I thought Dad was not paying sufficient attention to me so I brought both his running shoes outside again.   He was really good about using his Fitbit last year and then abandoned ship and since today is the LA Marathon I figured I’d light a fire under his feet to get him going again.

Then I thought I would give him an extra run for his money so while he was retrieving his shoes I took his tax pen and chewed it up. Yep- it is grumpy season because it is about taxes.

So we are doing well, heat and taxes aside.

If you haven’t checked out Mom’s most recent blog you should since it is a quite inspiring story about her road trip in snowstorm.

Peace out Perry!

Challenging Weeks AND Treats

IMG_2586This week I learned something new which made me realize just how precious life is.

Our neighbor lady, Ann, passed away after 92 wonderful years of life.

Although she was cranky at times, for the most part she was a kind and thoughtful woman who was never afraid to leave a conversation without saying “I love you.”

When Dad brought me over to meet her when I was just a pup, she was so happy and welcomed me into her home. She was lucky in this day and age to able to finish out her life in her home.

You will be missed Ann and always thought of with love.

Last weekend we missed our blog so sorry I have been out of contact. We were all a bit more than challenged since Dad was working hard dealing with the flooding in our back yard and Mom was way challenged trying to get o Arkansas to speak.

Since it hardly eve rains in Santa Monica, when it does, it creates a lot of issues with our back yard and garage but Dad dealt with it and were okay and saved our books.

Mom’s flight from Dallas to Arkansas got cancelled and she was stranded at the airport with no options to get to her speaking engagement. She told me she met some really nice people, one man in particular who was an angel and he offered to drive her and another woman to Arkansas in the snow, a 330-mile trip.

Since Mom and I are alike in that we are not really “car people” I was surprised but it seems Mom’s life this year is about new adventures so she’s taking it in stride.

Mom did her annual thing this weekend going to Natural Foods Expo. Dad and I stayed at home waiting for the new items while Mom and Victoria waded through the masses of excited foodies and you can see her new finds on her blog.

I am always excited to see what she brings ME home and this year I got to have a new treat from Riley’s Organics.  The nice man named Grant gave Mom TWO bags of treats for me – the Apple and Peanut Butter dog biscuits.

Not only do they taste amazing, but more importantly they all organic, wheat, corn and soy free with no additives or preservatives. We all know what happened to me when I was given a dog treat at daycare that had wheat and preservatives – I almost died and had to go on all those drugs so I’m happy Riley’s is healthy for me.

I needed a new fun tasty treat since Mom has been busy and remiss at making me the homemade one’s from A Healthy Baker’s Dozen – remember my picture and dog biscuit is featured there.

So it’s that time of year ending Daylight savings where you “spring ahead” and I know the parentals love this as I sleep in a little more.

It’s almost spring time and I can report a really lovely 75 degrees in Santa Monica today. I know – we have nothing to complain about compared to our human and canine friends in other parts of the country. My friends Katherine and John in Boston are having to make a practice of cleaning snow off their roof each weekend and I’m not so sure the parentals would ever be up for that so we’ll stay on the west coast for now.

Peace!

Perry

And the Oscar Goes To….Perry?

IMG_2368Dad finally returned from the cold land of Kansas City Missouri. I was excited to see him and instantly forgave him for abandoning me by counter suffering and snatching a full chicken off the counter. Told you payback can be fun.

The week went great and all of us here at Casa de Perry are happy and healthy. We are working on printing a batch of our book A Healthy Baker’s Dozen, which should be ready in a month. Mom continues to book speaking engagements in Motivational Interviewing all over the country and Dad is trying to keep me out of trouble or should I say I keep him out of trouble.

I thought things were getting close to perfect since we were having a workday at the house. Usually these are pretty cool and mellow, with Dad in the office and me lounging with a big bone.

BUT NOT this time!

The Zade baby came over which means I do not receive all of my loves and attentions, which I am entitled to. Plus didn’t Dad just go to Missouri for that baby? And Dad was holding that little thing way too much and I felt abandoned.

IMG_2505I had had enough and tried to challenge the little creature with a stare down as you can see. Finally after a few hours things went back to normal and the baby was put into his container thingy and left.

Of course once the godchild left I shared with Dad my frustration by taking a few pairs of his shoes outside. That will learn him.

As you can see I am just sitting here waiting for the Academy Awards to begin.

Well, it is once again the Oscars and even though Ellen is not hosting it, Doogie Howser, MD will be in the house.

OK, red carpet fans you will not see me out there on it as it is overcast, chilly and the temp in Santa Monica is only 64 degrees today. I know our east coast friends are more than jealous but remember I have absolutely no hair or body fat to keep me warm, so I’m entitled to a little complaining.

And the Oscar goes to…

Maybe Perry?

I’m Being Perfect

IMG_1904Yup – Dad left me.  I overheard him telling Mom he needed a break from ME but I guess I deserve it.  I give him a run for his money since when Mom told him a dog would be a lot more work than a cat he said those famous words “it’s just a dog.”

I make it my job to have him continually eat those words, but really?  Did he have to go all the way to Kansas City, MO to get away from me.  AND he went to see that little thing Zade.  Apparently him and Mom are the godparents but Mom chose me.  She decided to stay home with ME while Dad went to the christening so I thought I would show him how much perfectness he missed.

I did not bark today when dogs came by,  I let Mom take a nap since she was tired from her week AND I napped all afternoon in my crate all on my own.  I did not bug her for my dinner like I usually do and she asked me at 4:30 if I wanted to eat so I followed her politely into the kitchen.  I don’t think she believed I was the same dog that lives here.

I think Mom realizes it’s Dad who is the instigator.  HE is the one who riles me up.  So people when you think my mischievous behavior is because I am a Weimaraner it’s really not.  I am smart enough to know when to behave perfectly and when to misbehave when I feel like it.

So there you have it – the weather Weimaraner is reporting perfect behavior and a beautiful sunny day with a temperature of 75 degrees in Santa Monica.

Things can’t get much better than they are now and I realize today that I’m grateful for my life.  Maybe when Dad gets back I’ll try to be a little better behaved so he doesn’t feel the need to go away again.  After all – I would not want him to replace me with one of those baby things.  I really do like children – I just don’t want them to live in my home since I am the ONLY child here.

Love Perry

Happy Heart Day People!

dark-Chocolate0121I do not mean healthy heart though all of you should be getting your omega 3 fats and phytochemcials to help create a happy heart in addition to exercise which I love myself.  I could run all day long if allowed but city living in Santa Monica does not value this, besides my lack of car awareness is a big detriment.

What I mean is Valentine’s Day is coming up. Yes there is The Tutu, Viva and a few other admirers but I have to keep myself open to my adoring fans. I am a little sad that I cannot tank up on chocolates even though dark Chocolate 85% or higher has lots of healthy flavonols.  Dark chocolate is far healthier than milk chocolate which Mom does not allow in our house. So all you need to remember that when purchasing your sweethearts’ candy since the greatest sweetness in life is health and vitality, something I’m well aware of hanging out in the Dopart-Batchelor household.

I have been minding myself lately and not getting into too much trouble. I did have  a few more timeouts than I would like because my protective instinct of barking when I see another dog on a leash outside my house makes me go insane.

On that note I have a new PITA…the little thing looks like a Sherlock Holmes dog.  He does not like me very much and is an EXTREME instigator. He gets me really going but I suppose he’s meant to teach me patience, something I’m not all that good at.  Maybe when I’m 4 or 5.

OK, it is getting late and it is Grammy Day – I’m hoping to catch Madonna if it’s not past my bedtime.  The weather in Santa Monica was a bit cloudy today but I’m thankful it’s not like Siberia like my Boston cousins.

Peace out Perry

Super Bowl 2015

IMG_1876Hello Sports Fans…I hope that this Super Bowl weekend was fun and that your favorite team won. If they did not win I at least hope that you enjoyed the commercials or the halftime show. I believe Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz did a good job.

I did not really pay too much attention as I was also hanging out with one of my lady friends…The Tutu. Yep – she came over and of course she stole my bone AGAIN but it was cool as I had more important things to do outside.

I thought leaving her alone and staying out of her way would be best but NO she came looking for me and ended up finding me outside. We hung out for a little, but her heavy breathing is a bit much and it sort of scares me like Darth Vader, but I’m trying to be braver as I am almost 3 times her size.

Also, this weekend the weather was perfect so I got to really enjoy my walks.

Since Mom writes her own blog I’m trying to support her and develop mindful eating. She wrote one on the Super Bowl being the second largest eating day in the US behind Thanksgiving so I tried to be an intuitive eater today amidst all the treats.

Perry